Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hawaii Supreme Court halts commercial aquarium fish collecting, state joins DACA lawsuit, Honolulu council approves GET extension for rail, Pacific Resource Partnership fined for anti-Cayetano campaign, Kim declares state of emergency after well breakdowns, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A Hawaii Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday halts the commercial scooping of reef fish for aquariums until the state reviews the trade’s environmental impact. Associated Press.

The state Supreme Court has ordered a stop to the commercial collection of aquarium fish in Hawaii pending an environmental review. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Supreme Court put the brakes on aquarium fishing in the state in a decision announced Wednesday. Garden Island.

Conservationists are hailing a ruling from the Hawaii Supreme Court ordering a halt to the collecting of Hawaii reef fish for aquariums. Hawaii News Now.

Today, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court unanimously sided with citizens and conservation groups who have been fighting to protect the state’s coral reefs from the aquarium industry’s collection and sale of reef fish and other wildlife. Maui Now.

As the federal government eyes shrinking some of the United States monuments, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is winning awards in marine conservation. Garden Island.


Guide To The 2018 Elections. Gov. David Ige faces a strong challenge, and several well-known politicians may battle each other for high-profile positions. Civil Beat.


Fifteen states, including Hawaii, and the District of Columbia sued Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation — an act Washington state’s attorney general called part of a “dark time for our country.” Associated Press.

Fifteen states, including Hawaii, and the District of Columbia sued today to block President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, a plan that Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said “robs hundreds of Hawaii residents of certainty in their future.” Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii has joined 15 other states in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Pacific Business News.

The State of Hawaii says it has joined a coalition of 16 states in filing suit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. Tribune-Herald.

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals created by President Obama in 2012 to protect immigrants who came to this country as children was criticized by the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Garden Island.

Hawaii joined a coalition of 16 states today in filing a lawsuit to protect grantees of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was brought to an end in an announcement by the Trump administration yesterday. Maui Now.

President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the President Barack Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, has caused some “concern and confusion” in the Aloha State. Tribune-Herald.


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched a Global Entry pilot program with Japan that will allow up to 1,500 Japanese citizens to receive expedited screening when visiting the United States. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii will receive additional funds from the federal government's highway program, making the state the largest beneficiary of the program based on lane miles. Pacific Business News.

The state is getting more than $41 million in federal funding to improve freeways and highways. KHON2.

Scores on the ACT college entrance exam ticked up slightly for Hawaii public school graduates for the third year in a row, but most students are not prepared to succeed in college, according to results released late Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Heiress Hires Doctors To Help Reclaim Her $215M Fortune. Abigail Kawananakoa, 91, says she’s mentally fit to manage her own finances even though she suffered a stroke in June. Civil Beat.


A years-long dispute over the failure of pro-rail political action committee Pacific Resource Partnership to disclose campaign expenditures it made against former Gov. Ben Cayetano in his 2012 bid for mayor will be resolved with a state-imposed fine. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu City Council voted 8-0-1 today to extend the island’s 0.5 percent general excise tax surcharge funding rail another three years to 2030. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Funding Extension. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday approved extending Oahu's general excise tax surcharge to help bail out the rail project. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu officials recently canceled their long-stalled effort to award the construction contract for rail’s final 4.3 miles and eight stations into town, opting to start over instead. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s statewide police union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Honolulu to block the release of officers’ names to Honolulu Civil Beat.

After a six-year wait, the developer seeking to build a solar farm in Kalaeloa was rejected by the state agency responsible for managing the land. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric Co. has teamed up with distributed energy resource developer EnSync Energy to test the company's new utility vertical, which will provide the utility with more gird visibility and control. Pacific Business News.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing the Blood Bank of Hawaii, claiming it terminated an employee who was fighting cancer because she ran out of sick leave. Hawaii News Now.

A state board made a bold and admittedly imperfect decision Wednesday aimed at increasing the long-term supply of affordable housing in Honolulu’s hottest area for residential development, Kakaako. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu’s condominium market stayed hot in August, as buyer demand for condos hit its highest level in more than a decade after a price record set in July. Star-Advertiser.

Three new restaurants are coming to Kakaako, planned by the Aoki Group, owner and operator of Honolulu’s Doraku and Bluetree Cafe locations. Star-Advertiser.

Queen Emma Land Co. has announced a partnership with developer OliverMcMillan to redevelop seven parcels of land at Kuhio Avenue and Kanekapolei Street in Waikiki to create a commercial mixed-use project. Civil Beat.

The Waikiki Shell will be renamed the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell in honor of the late concert promoter, under a resolution approved unanimously by the City Council Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Mayor Harry Kim on Wednesday signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency to ensure the county can react quickly to water well breakdowns in West Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

Craft Brew Alliance Inc., the owner of Kona Brewing Co., is facing further legal action over the brewing sites of its Hawaii-themed beers. Pacific Business News.

After years of work, the proposed Ka’u Community Development Plan is on the verge on final adoption. Big Island Video News.

One month after Big Island Mayor Harry Kim created the state's only safe zone for homeless campers, the county says it's looking to expand the program. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island has become mired in a months-long dry weather pattern. Tribune-Herald.


State commits to pay for lifeguards at Makena Beach Park. The matter of legal liability remains a ‘big concern’ for county lawmakers. Maui News.

The head of Alexander & Baldwin’s diversified agriculture operations told a Maui County Council committee Tuesday that the company is not farming any genetically modified crops for food or for animal feed. Maui News.

A&B on Tuesday presented their “diversified agriculture” plan to the Maui Policy, Economic Development and Agricultural Committee. Maui Now.


The 287-page county document created to plan for Kauai’s future has some residents fearful of what’s ahead. Garden Island.

Kuhio Highway is targeted for $7.3 million in improvements as part of $41.1 million in funding through the Federal Highways Administration. Garden Island.

Commemorating the historic landing of Captain James Cook, Waimea Town’s Hofgaard Park continues to make history. Garden Island.

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